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Islamic Finance: Issues in Sukuk and Proposals for Reform

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Editors: Mohammad Hashim kamali and Abdul Karim Abdullah
Publishers: International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies (IAIS) Malaysia & The Islamic Foundation, Markfield, UK
ISBN: 978-967-12545-1-6

Page: 196 pages

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This collection of essays brings together leading scholars and practitioners to discuss contemporary issues in the rapidly-expanding sukuk market, and debates the challenges facing it since the 2008 financial crises and a number of high profile sukuk defaults. It looks in particular at issues of Shariah compliance, the issue of replication in Islamic finance, the need to have a true sale in the asset securitization process, and the issue of sukuk defaults. It is highly recommended for practitioners, scholars and students of Islamic finance. The contributors are Abdul Karim Abdullah, Mohammed Imad Ali, Muhammad Al-Bashir Muhammad Al-Amine, Rafe Haneef, Mohammad Hashim Kamali, Nermin Klopic, Raja The Maimunah, Faizal Ahmad Manjoo, Abbas Mirakhor, Sirajulhaq Hilal Yasini and Sheila Ainon Yussof.


"The papers in this volume contributed by scholars and practitioners demonstrate that Shariah compliance in sukuk structuring remains a challenge. They also remind us of the need to resolve the issue of overlapping jurisdictions that govern sukuk under the common law and the Shariah. This book will be of interest to members of the legal profession, especially in the corporate sector, and in Islamic banking and finance" - Tun Abdul Hamid Mohamad (former Chief Justice of Malaysia).

For further information please contact: (03) 7956 9188 or email: publications@iais.org.my

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OPS 7: Interfaith Engagement & Positive Peace

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Author: Katherine Marshall
Kuala Lumpur: International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies (IAIS) Malaysia, 2013
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ISBN: 978-967-10065-5-9

About the Author
Katherine Marshall is a Senior Fellow at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, Washington DC, United States, where she leads the Center’s program on Religion and Global Development.

This Volume
The issues that interfaith engagement can address are of enormous human significance. Ignorance and fear are tinder for conflict, as religious illiteracy is widespread, even among faithful worshipers of various faiths. In her presentation, Katherine Marshall emphasises knowledge as the main linking thread when trying to do dialogue between different religions and civilisations.

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Monograph 5: Islam in Russia: Historical Facts and Modern Developments

 

Islam in Russia

Author: Elmira Akhmetova
Kuala Lumpur: International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies (IAIS) Malaysia, 2013
vi + 83 pages
ISBN: 978-967-10065-7-3

The Author
Elmira Akhmetova, born in Tatarstan, Russia, is a Research Fellow at IAIS Malaysia. She recently completed her PhD dissertation on Pan-Islamism in Russia at the International Islamic University Malaysia.

 

This Monograph
This volume describes challenges Muslims are facing in Russia today and put forward proposals to minimise these problems. It suggests that achieving social harmony, security and well-being for the Muslims in Russia will be a complex but achievable task. It requires openness, willingness for change, and tolerance for the opinions of others. Therefore, the policy of divide and rule, which had been ineffectively used during the Imperial history of Russia, is no more relevant to modern Russia. Only then shall this largest country in the world become a safe and happy place for all.

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OPS 6: Science and Spirituality in the Twenty-First Century

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Author: Elisabet Sahtouris
Kuala Lumpur: International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies (IAIS) Malaysia, 2013
ix + 58 pages
ISBN: 978-967-10065-6-6

About the Author
Dr Elisabet Sahtouris is an evolutionary biologist, futurist, author, and consultant to organisations. In her unique approach, called ‘Living Systems Design’, she applies the principles of biology and evolution to organisational development so that organisations may become more functional, healthy ‘living systems’, with increased resilience, stability, and cooperation. She is one of a select group of scientists rethinking the classic, mechanistic view of the universe. Her particular goal is to create sustainable health and well-being for humanity within the larger living systems of Earth.

This Volume
Combined in this volume are the transcripts of two lectures, which Dr Sahtouris has delivered during her 2008 visit to Malaysia: “Science and Spirituality in the Twenty-First Century: Is Integration Possible?” was held at IAIS Malaysia on 3 December 2008, and “Evolution Biology and Globalisation: A Dialogue,” which she presented on 5 December 2008 at the Centre for Civilisational Dialogue, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur.

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Conversion in Malaysia: Issues and Reform Proposals

 

Conversion in Malaysia

IAIS Malaysia Policy Issue Papers No. 1 (December 2012)
Authors: Mohammad Hashim Kamali, Osman Bakar, Zarina Nalla and Hafiz Hassan
Kuala Lumpur: International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies (IAIS) Malaysia, 2013
24 pages

This paper is the outcome of several consultations with prominent Malaysian personalities, judges and NGOs held over a period of one year or so, to address conversion-related issues of concern, especially related to the status of children. It all started with the Cabinet order of April 2009 on the subject, and the public debate over the consequences of that order. Numerous public forums followed in the ensuing months where civil society groups, government agencies, the Bar Council and religious communities deliberated over issues. This paper provides an overview of those debates. The paper before us is presented in three segments, one of which looks into religious conversion in Islamic thought and shariah-based responses to conversion of children, followed by a review of the Cabinet decision, and then responses and conclusions that reflect IAIS Malaysia’s views and policy-relevant recommendations. The three appendices at the end provide additional coverage of public responses to the Cabinet decision, and a summary also of statutory law and court cases, respectively.

 

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The Empowerment of Muslim Communities in Private Higher Education

 

The Empowerment of Muslim Communities in Private Higher Education

Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Islam and Higher Education, Kuantan, Pahang, 14-16 November 2011
Editors: Osman Bakar and Airulamri Amran
Kuala Lumpur: International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies (IAIS) Malaysia and IKIP International College, 2012
242 pages, paperback
ISBN: 978-967-10065-9-7

The new phenomenon of private higher education has generated debates and heated discussions among educationists, policy makers, and members of the general public on its implications for society. There are concerns that without higher motives to serve Islamic ideals of knowledge-society and social justice private higher institutions of higher learning will leave undesirable future cultural, political, and economic impacts on society. A popular concern among Muslims is about the relatively low percentage of Muslim ownership of private universities and colleges and about profit-making as the primary motive of private higher education. Given the cloudy future scenario of private higher education and its societal impact and given the many reservations Muslims have about their future role and contributions in this sector of education, IAIS Malaysia feels it would serve a good purpose if an international conference could be held that will seek to address all the important issues now confronting the Muslims in the field of private education. With this belief IAIS Malaysia together with the Pahang State Foundation and IKIP International College, Pahang with whom it collaborated successfully last year (8-9 November 2010) in organising the International Conference on Islam and Higher Education at IAIS, Kuala Lumpur, decide to work together again this year to organise the Second International Conference on Islam and Higher Education in Kuantan, Pahang, Malaysia.

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Justice in Islamic and Western Legal-Political Thought: A Dual Heritage Affecting Gender Justice in Malaysia

 

Justice in Islamic and Western Legal-Political Thought

Author: Nik Noriani Nik Badli Shah
Kuala Lumpur: International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies (IAIS) Malaysia, 2012
iv + 261 pages, paperback
ISBN: 978-967-10065-8-0

This book looks into certain comparative concepts of justice in legal-political thought, their historical developments and contemporary relevance. In recent decades, there have been calls both for the revival and preservation of Islamic systems and institutions, and for modernisation and reform. Islamic and Western influences play significant roles in the development of legal status in Malaysia. It is possible to find common ground between some Western ideas on representative government with Islamic concepts on shura or consultation. Modern forms of representative government have been influenced by revolutionary upheavals as well as evolutionary developments. An understanding of Islamic theology and philosophy demonstrates the underlying bases of Islamic jurisprudence, and the intertwining of theological debates on justice with political notions. Western theories on law and justice, including classical positivism and natural law theories, and comparisons with Islamic legal theory on positive law in ideal form, will be discussed. Subordination of women in the West prior to the 20th century will illustrate that women’s rights were neither inherently nor exclusively part of Western traditions. In Malaysia, family laws have become a main dividing line between Muslims and others, as though necessarily incompatible and mutually exclusive. However, some areas of English family law have actually benefited from Islamic family law to the advantage of women, especially regarding married women’s property rights and child custody. It is unfortunate that contributions to gender justice from Islamic law are unrecognised and ignored. Instead, there is popular misconception that gender justice is based on Western civilisations.

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Monograph 4: Islam in Europe: Present Trends and Future Challenges

 

Islam in Europe

Authors: Christoph Marcinkowski and Nora S. Eggen
Kuala Lumpur: International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies (IAIS) Malaysia, 2012
97 pages
ISBN: 978-967-10065-4-2
The Authors
Christoph Marcinkowski, award-winning scholar of Islamic and Security Studies from Germany, had been Principal Research Fellow at IAIS Malaysia and is now based in Berlin as a senior political analyst. He has published 12 books, among them The Islamic World and the West (Berlin: LIT, 2009), and Malaysia and the European Union (Berlin: LIT, 2011).
Nora S. Eggen is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Oslo, Norway, working on a thesis on conceptions of trust in Islamic thought. Previously, she had also been a guest researcher at IAIS Malaysia.

This Monograph
In the last two decades or so, Muslims have asserted their presence in Europe in a more visible, public, and – to some degree – more controversial manner. From the perspective of Europeans, the question is how they would fit into their non-Muslim host societies. Muslim immigrants, in turn, consider also the issue of how to transmit their values to younger generations who have been born, educated, and married in Western Europe. This volume focuses on some aspects of the current situation of Muslims in three selected European Union member states, namely Germany, France, and the Netherlands, as well as Scandinavia, with a focus on Norway.

“This book offers a unique point of view on the problems faced by European Muslims […]. Europeans as well as Muslims should read this book as it is foreseen that in 2050 one in five Europeans will likely be a Muslim […]. After reading these captivating pages, you will most probably ask for more…” - Dr Constance Chevallier-Govers, Associate Professor of Law, University of Grenoble, France

 

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Transfer of Modern Science and Technology to the Muslim World

 

Transfer of Modern Science and Technology to the Muslim WorldBy Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu
Kuala Lumpur: International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies (IAIS) Malaysia, 2011. page 442
ISBN: 978-967-10065-3-5

 

This book, which comprises of twenty-four articles, was first published in 1992 as the proceedings of the First International Symposium on Modern Science and the Muslim World held in Istanbul, Turkey on 2-4 September 1987. Since the book's broad theme is about the transfer of science and technology from the modern West to the Muslim world, particularly the Ottoman world, each article seeks to illustrate the meaning and significance of the theme through an investigation into the specific domain of the transfer with which it is concerned. We could see the transfer of scientific knowledge and technology taking place in such domains as astronomy, medicine, mathematics, various branches of engineering, urban planning concepts and architectural technology.

 

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Contemporary Higher Education Needs in Muslim Countries: Defining the Role of Islam in 21st Century Higher Education

 

Contemporary Higher Education Needs in Muslim CountriesBy Osman Bakar, Eric Winkel, Airulamri Amran
Kuala Lumpur: International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies (IAIS) Malaysia, 2011. page 299
ISBN: 978-967-10065-2-8

 

This book constitutes the proceedings of the First International Conference on Islam and Higher Education held at IAIS Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur on 8-9 November 2010. This book may serve as a catalyst, at least at the level of ideas, to the transformation of contemporary Muslim higher education to one that would be more in conformity with the needs of the twenty-first century umma.

 

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OPS 5: Enhancing Inter-Ethnic Relations in Malaysia – Personal Observation on the ‘Inter-Ethnic Module’ in Public Universities

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About the Author
shamsul_amriProfessor Datuk Dr Shamsul Amri is one of Malaysia’s most well-known sociologists. He is the Founding Director of the Institute of Ethnic Studies at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), at Bangi, Selengor, Malaysia. Among his numerous publications is his award-winning book From British to Bumiputera Rule  (Singapore: ISEAS, 1986).

This Volume

In the last quarter of 2004, the  Malaysian Cabinet decided to introduce a compulsory course on ‘interethnic relations’ at the university-level with the objective of raising awareness and understanding on the nature and state of ethnic relations in Malaysia amongst the university students from all faculties and programs. This volume offers personal and, at times, outspoken observations by a notable Malaysian sociologist – the General Editor of the ‘interethnic relations module’ – as to the state of current interethnic relations in Malaysia.

 


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OPS 4: American Muslims and the Future of American-Islamic World Relations

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About the Author
espositoProfessor Dr John Esposito is Professor of Religion and International Affairs, Professor of Islamic Studies and Founding Director of the Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Centre for Muslim-Christian Understanding at the Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University.  His more than thirty-five books include Who Speaks for Islam; Unholy War: Terror in the Name of Islam; The Islamic Threat: Myth or Reality?; Islam and Politics, Political Islam: Radicalism, Revolution or Reform?; and Islam and Democracy (with Dr. John Voll).

This Volume
It is estimated that American Muslims are now not only economically integrated into America, but that in fact the average American Muslim family earns a higher salary than the average American non-Muslim family.  This is in complete contrast with Europe where the vast majority of Muslims arrived, from the 1960s onward, as blue-collar workers.  There is also a considerable difference between how Muslims today live in Europe, and how they live in America.  Dr. Esposito’s lecture provides a profile of American Muslims, who have emerged as a small but considerable factor of US American elections

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OPS 3: Dialogue as Encounter in Faith: Problems and Prospects

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About the Author
c_trollProfessor Dr Christian W Troll SJ, one of Germany’s leading scholars on Christian-Muslim relations, is Honorary Professor of the Philosophical-Theological University of Sankt Georgen in Frankfurt am Main.  From 1993-2005, he was a member of the sub-commission for Catholic-Muslim relations, which is part of the Pontifical Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue (PCID).  Since 1999, he has been a member of the German Bishops Conference’s sub-commission for inter-religious dialogue.  His latest book is entitled Dialogue and Difference. Clarity in Christian Muslim Relations (Maryknoll NY: Orbis, 2009).

This Volume

Professor Troll presents two essays on contemporary interfaith issues.  The first piece, Dialogue as Encounter in Faith: Problems and Prospects, tries to make out what elements are shared by Christianity and Islam and where they differ from each other.  Troll argues that in order to enter into a meaningful dialogue it would be necessary to mark out and understand differences not only in theology but also in worldview.  The second piece, Aspects of Contemporary Christian-Muslim Relations: Lessons from Germany, addresses practical issues of this dialogue.


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OPS 2: Dialogue Between Islam and the West: Where Are We and Where Are We Going?

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About the Author
vollProfessor Dr John O. Voll is Professor of Islamic history and Associate Director of the Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University, Washington D.C., United States.  He has published extensively on contemporary Islamic thought and history and also been a past president of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA).  He has lived in Cairo, Beirut, and Sudan and has traveled widely in the Muslim world.  The second edition of his book, Islam: Continuity and Change in the Modern World appeared in 1994.  He is co-author (with John L. Esposito) of Islam and Democracy and Makers of Contemporary Islam.

This Volume
Globalisation has changed the way we all live.  The fundamental nature of what has been known as the ‘West–Historic Islam Dialogue’, too, is now different from what it was in the days past.  Professor Voll argues that we had been rather slow in recognising the convergence of different kinds of dialogues, such religious of civilisational, for instance.  What is the purpose of these dialogues?  Moreover, whether we wish to call it ‘dialogue’ or ‘conversation’: where is its impact?  This volume features also the transcript of the lively Q&A sessions which followed Professor Voll’s lecture.

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OPS 1: Islam and the Future of Inter-Ethnic Relations in Malaysia

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About the Author
dr.chandra2Dr Chandra Muzaffar is considered a symbol of intellectual activism.  He is the President of the International Movement for a Just World (JUST), a human rights advocacy NGO in Malaysia that “seeks to raise public consciousness on the moral and intellectual basis of global justice.”  Prior to his work with JUST, Muzaffar founded a multiethnic reform coalition, Aliran Kesedaran Negara (National Consciousness Movement), which aimed at raising awareness for issues surrounding ethnic relations in Malaysia.  A political scientist, Dr Muzaffar’s academic works have focused largely on the issues of civilisational dialogue and the crossroads between religion and human rights.  It was in pursuit of these goals that Dr Muzaffar served as the first director of the Centre for Civilisational Dialogue at the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur.  He has published hundreds of journal articles on Malaysian politics and international relations and 18 books, among them Human Rights and the New World Order (George Town, Penang: JUST, 1993) and Muslims, Dialogue, Terror (Petaling Jaya, Selangor: JUST, 2003).  He is also the recipient of the Harry J. Benda Prize for distinguished scholarship on Southeast Asia from the Association of Asian  Studies of North America.  He also sits on the board of a number of other international NGOs concerned with social justice and civilisational dialogue.

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Civilisational Renewal: Revisiting the Islam Hadhari Approach


Revisiting the Islam Hadhari ApproachBy Mohammad Hashim Kamali
Kuala Lumpur: International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies (IAIS) Malaysia, 2008. pp. ix + 84
ISBN: 9-789673-231416

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IAIS Malaysia: Exploring the Intellectual Horizons of Civilisational Islam


Exploring the Intellectual HorizonsBy Mohammad Hashim Kamali
Kuala Lumpur: International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies (IAIS) Malaysia, 2008. pp.vi + 98
ISBN: 9-789673-231416

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Hikmah

Gentle.kindness [rafiq] graces whatever it enters, and whatever is deprived of it is disgraced. (hadith)

Quotable Quotes

Everyone has been made for some particular work, and the desire for that work has been put in every heart. - Rumi

Humour Without Malice

Someone said to someone by the name Ashab, "If you were to relate traditions and stop telling jokes, you would be doing a noble thing." "By God!" answered Ashab, "I have heard traditions and related them." "Then tell us", said the man. "I heard from Nafai," said Ashab, "on the authority of such-and-such, that the Prophet, may God bless him, said, "There are two qualities, such that whoever has them is among God's elect." "That is a fine tradition," said the man. "What are these two qualities?" Nafai forgot one and I have forgotten the other," replied Ashab.

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